Champagne and points for morgan btcc round 6 snetterton
Adam Morgan and his WIX Filtration backed Ciceley Motorsport Team enjoyed another hard fought points battle in Norfolk this weekend, as Snetterton hosted round 6 of the MSA Dunlop British Touring Car Championship.
Things didn’t exactly go to plan during qualification for the ‘Ribchester Rocket’ The WIX Racing outfit are the only team to have finished every race so far this year and under Championship rules 8 tyres have to be ‘carried over’ to the next round. Adam has completed a full race distance on these tyres and this has been a disadvantage to him during Free Practice 1 & 2. Adam has had to save the allocated 12 new tyres each weekend for qualification and the 3 races. Adams intelligent and measured driving style and the team’s fantastic reliability would appear to have made them a victim of their own success. To compound matters further, there have been no wet races so far this year so carrying decent tyres over has been impossible.
“Qualification was really difficult today I was down here for an official Dunlop tyre test on Wednesday and the track has changed so much with the change in temperature and the amount of rubber that has been laid on the track” Said an unusually downbeat Morgan “We were absolutely flying here on Wednesday. I was expecting to be at the front so to find myself on row 6 in 12th is disappointing to say the least! We are only 0.649 off pole but the BTCC is so competitive the first 17 cars are within the same second”. Adam continued “Tomorrow is a new day and I am revved up to deliver 3 good finishes for our Sponsors and the mechanics who have been working so hard over the summer break”
A beautiful summer’s day greeted all the drivers for the first of three races as the WIX Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class took to its grid slot. Adam made a fantastic start, on the soft option Dunlop tyres and immediately began to move through the pack, after some brilliant opportunist over-taking he brought the WIX Racing Mercedes home in a very creditable 7th place, just running out of laps to pass the Honda of Matt Neal. Adam had intelligently, during the early part of the race, backed up the field behind him giving him the room to ‘put in a flyer’ and posted the 3rdfastest lap ensuring a second row start for race 2.
A fantastic start in race 2 saw Adam pass the rear wheel drive BMW of Sam Tordoff and move straight into second place. In what TV Commentator and former BTCC driver Paul O’Neil called the “drive of the day” Adam was closely followed by 3 times World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx and the most successful British Touring Car driver in history Jason Plato for the entire race, with neither being gifted the opportunity to make a move. Adam followed current BTCC Champion Colin Turkington over the line to take a very impressive 2nd place. Andy Priaulx later commented that “Adam had driven an impeccable race and refused to buckle under the most immense pressure” High praise indeed for the 26 year old Lancastrian from one of the World’s most respected racing drivers.
Adam had been drawn in 5th for the reverse grid, last race of the day. Adam had also been awarded 66kg of Championship Success Ballast, making the cars tyre management even more difficult to manage. As usual carnage erupted around the circuit as drivers battled to move through the field. Adam was involved in a couple of incidents that eventually led to him running off at the rapid turn one. Adam was able to recover and brought home his heavily vibrating WIX Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class in 13th place.
“Race 2 was obviously my highlight of the day, I loved it. Race 1 was pretty good too though moving up five places in such a class field of drivers. My car was brilliant today the garage boys have, as always, really delivered. Race 3 was a bit of a bumper car race early on and I ran wide at turn 1 but we still scored points” commented a much happier Morgan. “I obviously love racing, it’s my entire life but I really need to be at, or very near to, the front. This weekend has turned out alright and we have secured good championship points. Adam also added “I would like to congratulate my good friend Jack Goff on his first BTCC race win. I might even drive the truck home tomorrow and have a beer with him tonight”
Norman Burgess Commercial & Marketing Manager “Brilliant weekend on and off the track again. Brilliant guests and to top it all off brilliant weather. I am glad Adam has won us some more Champagne because our VIP guests have had a terrific day and drank most of ours”! When Adam jumps on the podium the WIX Racing team guests love being part of the teams celebration and the atmosphere within the team and hospitality seems to move up a gear, if that’s even possible. Every single VIP guest must have thanked the hospitality team for their efforts this weekend and the staff had a ball too”. It’s a real privilege to us all to be a part of WIX Racing every single member of the team gives their all, each and every weekend” Norman continued “The championship is still close and racing has been exceptional this year, we have been very busy away from the track. Adam competed in the Silverstone Classic 2 weeks ago and Car Fest North last weekend, we have a 24hr Kart race next weekend then it’s off to Knockhill for round 7”
Adam is currently 9th in the Drivers Standings on 157 points he is 3rd in the Independents Driver Standings. The WIX Racing team are 2nd in the Independent Teams championship and 5th in the Teams Standings, still first single car entry.
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